Technology failed us in many ways during Superstorm Sandy: transport systems floundered, data centers flooded, cellphone reception disappeared, batteries died, and the electricity (even the backup generators) went out. The storm slammed those of us living on the East Coast with a simple truth: Nature is more powerful than people, and technology is no match. As many commentators have pointed out, this is the “new normal,” and it’s not always going to be pretty.
So yes, it’s been mighty difficult to take anything positive from Sandy…. Yet as Thanksgiving rolls around, there are many moments for which we can be thankful. There have been numerous moving stories of heroic individuals behaving honorably and nobly to help their friends and neighbors in a time of desperation and danger. And one afternoon last week a hands-on dose of technology provided a moment of solace – and a look at a promising education model – for kids set to reap the natural effects of what previous generations have sown.